Assistant Professor of Geography, Auburn University at Montgomery

Dr. Hoehun Ha is Assistant Professor of Geography specializing in Geographic Information System (GIS). His primary research interests focus on the linkages between socio-physical environment and human interactions, using GIS and statistical methodologies. His research includes 1) the spatial modeling of chemical exposure and risk assessment, and the investigation of soil contamination with toxic substances in Anniston, Alabama. He also has worked on 2) conservation easement suitability modeling : a case study from South-East Michigan and 3) roadkill hot-spots modeling using a geographic socio-environmental niche-based approach: a case-study from 3 state highways in Central California. Furthermore, in his current research, he has developed 4) spatial models in public health - physical / socioeconomic based approach; a case study from U.S counties.

His teaching interests cover a wide range of geography courses including: Introduction to GIS, Advanced GIS, GIS in Environmental Modeling & Management, GIS in Public Health, Cartography, Geography of World Region, Human Geography, Spatial Statistics, and Earth Systems Science.

Dr. Ha's publications have appeared in numerous internationally reputable scholarly journals including: Environmental Science & Technology, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Transportation, Applied Geography, Ecological Informatics, High Altitude Medicine & Biology, International Journal of Environmental Health Research, and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. He is a member of Association of American Geographers (AAG) and Applied Geography Conference (AGC).


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Geography, Auburn University , Auburn University at Montgomery
  • 2013–2015
    Postdoctoral associate, Central Michigan University
  • 2012–2013
    Associate Resesrch Fellow, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS)


  • 2011 
    State University of New York at Buffalo, Ph.D in Geography
  • 2007 
    State University of New York at Buffalo, M.A in Geography
  • 2003 
    Utah State University , B.S in Environment and Society


  • 2018
    Using geographically weighted regression for social inequality analysis: Association between Mentally Unhealthy Days (MUDs) and socioeconomic status (SES) in U.S. Counties, International Journal Of Environmental Health Research
  • 2018
    An Ecological Study on the Spatially Varying Relationship between County-Level Suicide Rates and Altitude in the United States, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • 2017
    Modeling potential wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) locations using environmental factors and human population density: a case-study from 3 state highways in Central California, Ecological Informatics
  • 2017
    Geographic variation in Mentally Unhealthy Days (MUDs): air pollution and altitude perspectives, High Altitude Medicine & Biology
  • 2016
    Analysis of Pollution Hazard Intensity: A Spatial Epidemiology Case Study of Soil Pb Contamination, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • 2016
    Modelling potential conservation easement locations using physical and socio-economic factors: A case-study from south-east Michigan, Applied Geography
  • 2014
    Analysis of heavy metal sources in soil using kriging interpolation on principal components, Environmental science & technology
  • 2012
    Spatial epidemiologic analysis of relative collision risk factors among urban bicyclists and pedestrians, Transportation
  • 2011
    Risk-based characterization of contaminated industrial sites using a multivariate statistical and GIS-based approach in Anniston, Alabama, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • 2011
    Analysis of traffic hazard intensity: A spatial epidemiology case study of urban pedestrians, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
  • 2009
    Geo-Spatial Information and Decision Support for Urban Planning, Wuhan University Press
  • 2007
    Geographical Analysis of Pedestrian Accidents in Buffalo, NY using GIS applications, State University of New York at Buffalo

Professional Memberships

  • URISA - Alabama Chapter
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Applied Geography Conference